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"Deberes" is a plural noun which is often translated as "homework", and "tarea" is a noun which is also often translated as "homework". Learn more about the difference between "deberes" and "tarea" below.
deberes(
deh
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beh
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rehs
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A plural noun indicates that there is more than one person, place, thing, or idea.
plural noun
1. (education)
a. homework
Tengo un montón de deberes que hacer este fin de semana.I have a ton of homework to do this weekend.
deber
A transitive verb is a verb that requires a direct object (e.g. I bought a book.).
2. (to reciprocate)
a. to owe
El dinero que me debe cubriría mis facturas.The money he owes me would cover my bills.
An auxiliary verb, or helper verb, is a conjugated verb that comes before a main verb and determines the main verb's tense, mood, or aspect (e.g. I have gone.).
3. (used to express obligation)
a. must (used with an infinitive)
Debo ser responsable.I must be responsible.
b. have to
Ya sabes que debes ponerte la corbata para ir al colegio.You know you have to wear your tie to go to school.
c. should
Los culpables de delitos viales deben ser sancionados.Traffic offenders should be punished.
d. ought to
Deberías ser más amable con los vecinos.You ought to be more polite with our neighbors.
4. (used to express possibility)
a. must (used with an infinitive)
¿Cuántos años tiene tu profesora de francés? - Debe tener unos cuarenta.How old is your French teacher? - She must be around forty.
A masculine noun is used with masculine articles and adjectives (e.g. el hombre guapo, el sol amarillo).
5. (responsibility)
a. duty
Es mi deber proteger mi país.It's my duty to protect my country.
b. obligation
Es tu deber como madre cuidar a tus hijos.It's your obligation as a mother to take care of your children.
deberse
A pronominal verb always uses a reflexive pronoun. (e.g. Te ves cansado.).
6. (to be the result of; used with "a")
a. to be due to
Esta situación se debe a la falta de información.This situation is due to a lack of information.
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tarea(
tah
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reh
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ah
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A feminine noun is almost always used with feminine articles and adjectives (e.g. la mujer bonita, la luna llena).
1. (education)
a. homework
La profesora de francés les dio mucha tarea.The French teacher gave them lots of homework.
2. (work)
a. task
Tengo tantas tareas urgentes que no sé por cuál empezar.I have so many urgent tasks that I don't know where to begin.
b. job
Su principal tarea es limpiar las ventanas.His main job is to clean the windows.
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